Don't Unpack Anything! First, Make These Ten New Home Fixes
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
But before you get anything from the moving truck, unpack a box or hang a picture, are you confident about the safety, security, and cleanliness of your new abode? Did you scrutinize and check everything ahead of declaring, "I love it! I am going to take it!" Did you assume as the abode is new and you're the primary occupant, the whole thing was okay without a second look? Examining your new house ahead of when the professional movers in Tulsa and Oklahoma City arrive and while it's empty to fix concerns at this point, is simpler and less expensive than hoping to correct troubles later, which may entail moving household furniture or replacing damaged property.
The following are 10 solutions ahead of when the moving van pulls in:
Open wide, now shut - provided you can
Windows that do not open or close completely, missing locks, busted sashes, are definitely more than just a nuisance; they're a safety hazard. In a fire, your main exit spot might be the nearby window, and if you can't utilize it (or first responders are not able to get to you), you have a life and death situation. Broken windows can also be an invitation to crooks to come inside and take what is not theirs. Windows that will not close entirely permit warm air to leave in winter and cool air during the summer time, costing you additional money on your gas or electric bill and letting flying pests in the house.
Absent, damaged doors and locks
Doors locks that don't work will be an "Enter here, grab everything you wish" invitation to thieves. Doors which are poorly installed, warped or leave a lot of room between the door and the frame additionally let cold or warm air to escape, increasing your electric or gas costs.
Scummy air ducts
Air ducts need maintaining in advance of a move in, especially for allergy sufferers. Replace all the air filters. Grime, dust, pet dander, hair, spider webs, and insects collect in these ducts, and professional cleanup is definitely worth the expense of clean air and living allergen-free.
Insect issues (in and out)
The majority of bug troubles commence outdoors and move in the house, thanks to openings in the house (cement fractures, defective windows or doors, roofing leaks) however some, such as German roaches, multiply in appliances, luggage, and household furniture as well as survive store-bought treatment. The work of a reputable bug elimination company won't just get rid of the problem, but frequent treatment helps prevent pests from returning.
That peculiar smoky stench; it is all around you!
Cigarette smoke is pervasive and stubborn, particularly when it comes to cloth in the house, including carpeting and draperies. Open all windows to air out the home as much as possible. Engage an experienced cleaning provider to thoroughly clean carpets and curtains as well as clean all wall surfaces using white vinegar to subdue the odor.
From stovetop coils that remain cold to washers which don't switch on, major home appliance problems can be a annoyance. It will take money and time to replace these products and plan delivery and installation; take a look at all the home appliances prior to when you move in, so you understand before hand what things to fix and what to upgrade.
Irregular floor surfaces, water-damaged walls, cracked concrete, lacking roofing tiles, and various other building issues are sometimes the signs of more substantial and more pricey conditions. Recognize ahead of spending your initial night what requires maintenance at this point, or you may face more expensive maintenance tasks later.
Significant aesthetic considerations
In case you despise the paint color in the room, have to refinish floor surfaces or repair wall surfaces, paint, stain, and repair before the moving company shows up with your things, if you can, so you will not be moving furniture or living with covered furniture or chemical fumes along the route.
Check rain gutters and downspouts; clean them prior to when you move in, during good weather conditions, so you aren't stuck on a step ladder during a storm, scraping leaves and branches out.
Electrical wiring and plumbing troubles
Be mindful of overflowing toilets or slow-draining sinks or tubs; this can be a signal of pipes in need of cleaning or repairing. Water pooling for extended periods of time in the yard may indicate a damaged or seeping pipe below the ground. Verify every electrical socket and every light switch for proper operation. Examine all electrical wiring for signs of fraying and replace burned-out lightbulbs with efficient CFL or LED types.
As a professional moving company in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, we have seen houses in many conditions, and we know that there are some problems, such as the kinds talked about here, that are much better to tackle before moving into your new house.
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